Local artists and organizers Anne Shields Hopkins and Joan Lowden, in association with Eastport Arts Center, Eastport Gallery and the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, proudly introduced the Eastport ArtWalk Map on April 24th.
One participant, Italian painter Vittoria Chierici, was scheduled to return to her home bases in New York City and Italy after staying in Eastport through the winter, but was unable to travel due to the pandemic. She has enthusiastically embraced the community and artistic spirit here in Eastport with her ArtWalk window gallery at 106 Water Street, and plans to contribute to Eastport Gallery’s upcoming virtual Community Show.
Chierici discovered Eastport in 2017 after completing a project in Stonington Maine. She fell in love with the ocean view and the light, and continues to return to Eastport, inspired by her desire to connect the beauty and power of nature with people and history. Her Independent Canning piece currently on display in the ArtWalk came from a visit to the Barracks Museum.
The Eastport ArtWalk is a self-guided map showing locations of street level window galleries, both private and business, around town. Walk outside for exercise; enjoy the natural beauty beginning to bloom along with the artworks in windows around town while practicing safe physical distancing of six feet or more. The CDC says that outdoor exercise is a safe and healthful option to maintaining physical and mental health as long as physical distancing guidelines are followed.
The map is available below, and will be continuously updated as more window galleries are added. You can also follow this project on Facebook at EastportArtWalk.
We also invite private homes and businesses with street level visual access to become window galleries. Visit the Facebook page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.